It doesn’t get much easier than this: equal measures of three ingredients to make these four fantastic cocktails from only six bottles – and now I have an excuse to make a Venn Diagram.
Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass or an old fashioned glass with a big cube of ice. Garnish with an orange twist.
- Bijou: 1 ounce Green Chartreuse, 1 ounce gin, 1 ounce sweet vermouth, dash of orange bitters
- Boulevardier: 1 ounce rye, 1 ounce Campari, 1 ounce sweet vermouth
- Dry Negroni: 1 ounce Campari, 1 ounce gin, 1 ounce dry vermouth
- Negroni: 1 ounce Campari, 1 ounce gin, 1 ounce sweet vermouth
Note: This has been updated since it was pointed out to me that, despite my preference, a bijou is made with sweet vermouth and not dry, so in reconfiguring my original design (below), and I dropped the Vieux Carré, which was a stretch on the theme, but also delicious without the benedictine, bitters or lemon twist.
Vieux Carré: 1 ounce rye, 1 ounce cognac, 1 ounce sweet vermouth, 1 teaspoon of benedictine, 2 dashes orange bitters, and is garnished with a lemon twist)